5 Ways To Deal With Job Rejection in the Fitness Field
Not only is looking for a job a challenge. Dealing with job rejection can be difficult, draining, and taxing on your confidence. Putting one’s emotions aside is the goal, but this is very hard to do. Many times, rejection can lead to lack of confidence and lack of motivation to continue your job search.
Here are 5 ways to deal with job rejection.
- Get Feedback. Ask friends or old colleagues in your industry if they can take a look at your resume and cover letter. Ask for feedback on areas of improvement. Ask friends or colleagues to give you test interview questions and critique your responses. Practice makes perfect and the better prepared you are, the more likely you will get the job you apply for. You can also send an email or call the employer who did not hire you and ask for any feedback on areas of improvement in the resume or interview and/or skills they were looking for. This way you can focus on improving those aspects and skills in order to optimize your hiring potential the next time.
- Realize Your Strengths. Remember what you are good at and emphasize that. Refrain from falling into the negative thought trap where you start to dwell on what you do not have and become depressed. Make a list of the skills you do well and include examples so you can highlight those the next time you submit a resume or have an interview.
- Focus On The Learning Opportunities. Every experience can be a learning opportunity. Ask yourself questions regarding what you learned from the application or interview process. For example, what did you like and not like? If you would have done anything differently, what would it be? The more questions you ask, you can focus on how to improve yourself and grow from the experience.
- Do Not Bring Up The Past. Refrain from focusing on the rejections and why you were not chosen. Dwelling on the past can keep you in the mind frame associated with failure. Do not bring up past rejection or failure to future employers or head hunters. Think about the positive outcomes you have had from the many jobs you have applied for and how you have grown or improved through each application and/or interview. Positive thinking will increase your morale and keep you focused on your end goal.
- Don’t Personalize It. This is the hardest to do and the most effective. Just because you were not the perfect match with the company does not mean you are not qualified or an excellent worker. For whatever reason, the job just didn’t work out. Things happen for a reason and this could mean that in the long run, the job may not have been your ideal job. Do your best to let the rejection slide off your shoulders. Put your energy into jumping back on the wagon and finding your true dream job. It is out there. It’s just a matter of time, commitment, and continued determination.
“The biggest hurdle is rejection…be ready for it. The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is the successful people do all the things unsuccessful people don’t want to do. When 10 doors are slammed in your face, go to door number 11 enthusiastically, with a smile on your face.” – John Paul DeJoria, American billionaire businessman and co-founder of Paul Mitchell.